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Lamenting Demise of Traditional Lacrosse Alumni Game

Michael Hankes
April 6, 2012
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Oberlin athletics has a rich and storied history. This article marks the passing of a nearly 50-year-old tradition that has been a unique part of the Oberlin lacrosse program since at least 1963: From that year through 2010, Oberlin’s alumni lacrosse players quietly returned to Oberlin every spring...

A Clarion Call to the West: Let’s Save Uganda!

Simba Runyowa
March 16, 2012
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Hey, you guys! Let’s all drop what we are doing and pay close attention to the newly installed authority on central African politics — Invisible Children of San Diego, CA — as they deliver a moving account of the senseless savagery that has pervaded every pore of Uganda thanks to that wretched...

China Programs Suffer Narrow Focus

Caroline Hui
February 24, 2012
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Last week, I began looking into Oberlin-affiliated study abroad programs that fit my interests. As a Politics/East Asian Studies double major, I was looking for an interdisciplinary program in China, so that I could simultaneously take classes in Politics and attain fluency in Chinese. Given that Politics...

Shortage of African Students Threatens Diversity

Simba Runyowa
February 24, 2012
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This academic year, Oberlin College enrolled a total of 63 first-year international students. Of those 63, exactly one student was from the African continent, specifically Zimbabwe — that African student was me. If this trend persists, by the time I am a graduating senior, Oberlin College will have...

Love of Stars and Stripes Far from Universal

Brooklyn Demme
February 10, 2012
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In “Obies Should Rally to Restore Sanctity” [The Oberlin Review, Dec. 2, 2011], staff writer Andrew Lipian discusses the vandalism enacted against the Sept. 11 memorial erected by the Oberlin Republicans and Libertarians. First of all, I deeply sympathize with his belief that memorials are sacred a...

Remembering Review Alumnus Ross Drake

Nate Cavalieri
February 10, 2012
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In March of 1999, a piece by then-Sports Editor Ross Drake, OC ’00, appeared in The Oberlin Review under the headline “Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio?” — a touching if slightly awkward obituary for the heroic center fielder. In the piece, Ross’s affection for DiMaggio has the immediat...

Alum Describes Chaos at Occupy Oakland

Ben Master
November 11, 2011
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The massive day of action organized by Occupy Oakland on Nov. 2 both inspired and troubled me. As has been the case with most of my involvement with the Occupation, I left in awe of Oakland’s persistent and passionate mobilization against economic injustice. At the same time, I was dismayed by incidents...

Suggestions, Concerns for Occupy Wall Street Movement

Erin Amlicke
October 14, 2011
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Dear protesters of the Occupy Wall Street movement: At Day 27 of your string of protests, I think us skeptics should be obliged to extend you our congratulations for successfully sustaining and growing the Occupy demonstrations. However, as a former protest organizer and lover of any divisive poli...

Op-Ed: Riding the Regression Train of Austerity

Ben Master
May 13, 2011
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Republican solutions for the deficit, manifested most clearly in Paul Ryan’s 2012 budget proposal, threaten to fray the entire American social fabric. By this point, we know how attacks on public sector unions will reduce living standards for one of the last cohorts of securely middle-class workers,...

Op-Ed: Progessives Must Reject Conventional Politics

Shannon Ikebe
May 13, 2011
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It’s probably become too cliché to say that we are in a turbulent, troubled times. But we indeed are. Since I came to the Oberlin community nearly four years ago in the summer of 2007, the world has changed to a much greater extent than it did in other times, even though it might be difficult to ascertain...

All of the Lights, All of the Money

Richard McGuire
May 6, 2011
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Last weekend, hundreds of students eagerly lined up on North Quad for a one of a kind event. It was a rare sight to see students gathering at the Science Center on a Saturday night for a party. The event was put on by Solarity, a new student organization founded by College sophomores Eli Clar...

The Pursuit of Happiness

Sarp Yavuz, Staff Writer
April 15, 2011
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Inspired by my mother’s recently published article on making a list of things you want, I tried to make my own, and I am challenging you to do the same. Make a list, right now. Make a list of at least 25 things you want from life. It will be difficult, but I’m making it a little easier for you guys...

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